DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College, a private, a four-year Catholic liberal arts higher education institution, announces the hiring of Ulrike Schultz, MD, MPH, as director of its new postbaccalaureate premedical program and pre-health professions advisor.
“The postbaccalaureate premedical program is an amazing opportunity for people who finished their undergraduate degrees with majors outside of science and now want to change their careers to healthcare and require the prerequisite courses to apply to medical school to follow their calling to become a physician,” Schultz said. “Loras College and its faculty have decades of experience in educating pre-health students for health care professions.”
Loras launched its one-year, postbaccalaureate premedical program in January. It’s specifically designed for individuals who have completed a bachelor’s degree but don’t have the prerequisite courses to apply to one of the following professional schools: medicine, optometry, dentistry, podiatry, physical therapy, physician assistant, or veterinary medicine.
In her new role, Schultz will guide students in course selection, prepare them for the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), aid them in seeking research, clinical, and volunteer opportunities, and help them navigate the often complicated application processes for professional schools.
Previously, she taught anatomy and cadaver lab, as well as biology lab at Loras on an adjunct basis for nearly six years. Schultz also worked as an assistant research scientist and postdoctoral research scholar at University of Iowa where she received her master of public health (MPH) degree in 2008. Her work aimed to promote the health of rural Iowans and Midwestern populations with an emphasis on nutrition, exercise and aging issues. While at UI, Schultz was presented with two academic-based scholarships.
Schultz received her Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) in 1995 from the University of Tübingen, a German public research university.
In 2008, Schultz was selected to join the Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society. Founded in 1924 at Johns Hopkins University, members are inducted through a highly-selective process that assesses their outstanding performance and devotion to the field.
Schultz is also a board member of the Foundation for Dubuque Public Schools and a member of the Women’s Giving Circle through the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque. She was also a member of the Empowerment Board and Health Work Groups of Johnson County and served on the UI College of Public Health Strategic Planning Committee.
ABOUT LORAS COLLEGE
Loras leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan institutions to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. Loras ranks among 450 NCAA Division III athletic programs in Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings, 11th out of the Top 100 baccalaureate colleges, according to the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings, 13th Best Regional College, according to Midwest U.S. News Best Colleges and is among the 200 Best-Loved Colleges in the nation, according to Forbes Magazine.